Passive House

A construction Concept

A building standard that is truly comfortable, affordable, energy-efficient, and ecological at the same time.

Passive House is not a brand name, but a construction concept that can be applied by a Certified Professional and has stood the test of time. Yet, a Passive House is more than just a low-energy building.

The vast energy savings in Passive House buildings are achieved by using higher quality energy-efficient building components and a quality ventilation system: there is absolutely no cutting back on the comfort, instead, the level of comfort is considerably increased.

Passive House buildings save energy and reduce greenhouse gases – not just a little, but a great deal. These savings do not only exist on paper but in real life – Passive House buildings do deliver.

With approx. 60,000 Passive House buildings worldwide (as of 2016) the Passive House standard is rapidly spreading all over the world. As of today, Passive House has been built in nearly all European countries, the United States, Canada, and Japan – to mention but a few. This number is rapidly on the rise!

Passive House Principles

The Passive House is the world-leading standard in energy-efficient construction: A Passive House requires as little as 10 percent of the energy used by typical home construction – meaning an energy savings of up to 90 percent. Owners of Passive Houses are barely concerned with increasing energy prices. The Passive House is a sustainable construction concept that provides for affordable, high-quality buildings as well as comfortable, healthy living conditions. And its principles are quite easy to understand:

Passive House Scheme

The Passive House Has Got It All

  1. Comfort: Offering a high level of quality with a maximum level of comfort during both the warm and cool months for reasonable construction costs.
  2. Affordability: The investment in higher quality building components required by the Passive House standards is mitigated by the elimination of expensive heating and cooling systems.
  3. Quality: Praised for its efficiency, due to the high levels of insulation and air-tight designs.
  4. Ecology / Sustainability: Passive House use extremely little primary energy – leaving sufficient energy resource for future generations without causing environmental damage.
  5. Versatility: Any competent architect can design a Passive House anywhere in the world.
  6. Measured Results: The Passive House is a “factor 10 house” which only uses one-tenth of the energy used by the average house.
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